Eureka appoints Exec VP Programming & Development.

Snr Vice Pres. of Programming David Tibballs to now focus on current US programming for Unscripted production company.

Sydney & LA-based Eureka Productions has announced the appointment of David Tibballs as Executive Vice President, Programming and Development.

Tibballs takes up the new position with immediate effect, reporting to Eureka Co-CEOs, Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin.

He will primarily focus on current Unscripted US programming, working closely with SVP, Production and PostProduction Jeanne Petrone-Arzubiaga, while also leading the expansion of the company’s development slate for US networks and platforms. Eureka’s upcoming shows include second seasons of The Mole for Netflix and Farmer Wants a Wife for FOX, as well as all-new series The Floor for FOX, and more.

“David is a world-class producer and showrunner who has led the production of some of Eureka’s most successful series,” says Paul Franklin, Co-CEO of Eureka. “As our output continues to expand in the US, it is important for us to have someone with David’s experience and leadership to oversee our cross-platform production slate, while ensuring we continue to grow our pipeline of new shows in development.

“With a growing line up of new and returning shows for major networks and global streamers, Eureka’s US slate is as strong as ever,” says David Tibballs. “I am excited to build on this success with the Eureka team, and ensure we continue to produce to the highest standard for our partners, while developing stand out new shows that audiences will love.

David Tibballs joined Eureka in 2021, becoming SVP Programming, and is currently showrunner on The Mole season 2 for Netflix, having been Executive Producer on season 1. He served as Executive Producer on numerous other Eureka shows including Twentysomethings for Netflix, The Parent Test for ABC, and Farmer Wants A Wife for FOX, which is now in production for season 2.

Tibballs’ award-winning credits include executive producing “The Day I Picked My Parents” for A&E, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series. While in the UK, Tibballs was co-creator and executive producer of BAFTA-nominated and Rockie Award-winning show “Dragons’ Den” for the BBC, which is now in its 21st season and has been produced in over 45 territories, including the US, where it airs as “Shark Tank”. Tibballs’ other credits include co-creating “Billion Dollar Buyer” for CNBC, serving as showrunner on three seasons of the show, as well as on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” and “Listing Impossible”. He was also co-creator and showrunner of HBO Max’s unscripted design series “Stylish” with Jenna Lyons and served as showrunner on FOX shows “Utopia” and “I Wanna Marry Harry”.

In the UK, Tibballs also created the format “I’ve Got Something To Tell You” for UKTV, and entered the Guinness Book of Records with Channel 4’s adventure documentary series “Going to Extremes”, having discovered the driest place on earth. His other UK credits include celebrity adventure competition “71 Degrees North” for ITV1, dating social experiment “The Year of Making\ Love” for BBC3 and Britain’s first wheelchair ballroom dance competition, “Dancing On Wheels” for BBC Three. Tibballs also developed and executive produced BBC formats that sold around the world including “Bank of Mum and Dad” and “One Week To Save Your Marriage”.

Before that, Tibballs oversaw a $30 million slate of factual entertainment and documentary programming for Canadian producer Cineflix, including biography series “Final 24”, which won the Gold Ribbon Award for Best Documentary.

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